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'''John Cleland''' (''baptised'' 24 September 1709 – 23 January 1789) was an England|English novelist best known as the author of ''Fanny Hill|Fanny Hill: or, the Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure''. John Cleland was the oldest son of William Cleland (soldier)|William Cleland (1673/4 – 1741) and Lucy Cleland (née DuPass). He was born in Kingston upon Thames in Surrey but grew up in London, where his father was first an officer in the British Army and then a civil service|civil servant. William Cleland was a friend to Alexander Pope, and Lucy Cleland was a friend or acquaintance of Pope, Henry St John, 1st Viscount Bolingbroke|Viscount Bolingbroke, Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield|Chesterfield, and Horace Walpole. The family possessed wealth and moved among the finest literary and artistic circles of London. John Cleland entered Westminster School in 1721, but he...
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